A highly competent book editor is like gold dust.
Such an individual is skilled in ensuring your book flows seamlessly, and will be able to pick out gaps, inconsistencies and errors that you alone would not be able to, not to mention ensuring your manuscript is grammatically correct and free of punctuation errors.
If you’re a UK-based novelist, short story writer, or a nonfiction writer looking for editing support, one the following 21 top freelance book editors in the UK might be able to help.
You’ve got a nonfiction manuscript ready, and now all you need is for an editor or proofreader to go through it and tidy it up for publishing. In such a case, Margaret Hunter is the freelance editor you should contact. She is based in Scotland and has worked on books like Happiness Rules by Mark Hebwood and Dreaming of a Life Unlived by Yvonne John. It was 2003 when she started her freelance business, Daisy Editorial, and you can contact her with the help of the information on her website.
2. Lynn Curtis
Lynn Curtis is a literary consultant and a freelance editor. She offers a range of publishing services like ghost writing, line editing, copyediting, structural editing etc. Her basic charges are £300 for a 90K words long manuscript and £350 for manuscripts of 90 – 120,000 words. There’s more information about the fees on her website. While she takes special interest in literary or commercial fiction, she is also open to editing general nonfiction books. In order to contact her send her an email about your manuscript once you’ve read the information for authors.
Residing in West Sussex, Sara Starbuck has a great deal of experience in the publishing industry. She has previously worked as a developmental editor and a desk editor, among others. As a writer, editor, and proofreader, she is specialized in YA and in children’s books, as well as in fiction.. If you wish to get mentored or hire her for editing your book, then fill up this form.
4. Julie Crisp
If a structural report or developmental edit is what you’re looking for, then you should consider Julie Crisp for the job. Everything About You by Heather Child and City of Lies by Sam Hawke are two books she has worked on. Living in London, some of the genres that she is actively looking for in manuscripts are historical fiction, science fiction & fantasy, crime/thrillers, and book club fiction.. There’s a contact form on her website in case you wish to clear some other doubts or further discuss your manuscript. If your budget doesn’t allow you to opt for one of the mentioned services, know that she also provides a reader’s report – this is essentially a 2-3 page report in which large structural issues, commercial accessibility, and other such aspects are discussed.
Working out of Leicester, Richard Sheehan is a copyeditor and a proofreader who has hundreds of titles in his portfolio. Fiction, nonfiction, literary studies are only some of the genres he has edited. Among his most recent clients we can name The Literary Consultancy, Troubador Publishing, Pan MacMillan (Tor Books), and The History Press. After going through his website and ascertaining that he is a right fit for your manuscript, you can contact him using the information available.
6. Kate Haigh
You can get in touch with Kate Haigh if you have a nonfiction or fiction book that requires editing. She resides in Llandrindod Wells, UK, and is well versed in proofreading, as well as copy-editing. There are many testimonials on her website that’ll give you a better idea about the quality of her work. She has been a freelance editor since May 2010. Once you’ve made up your mind about hiring her, you can contact her by using the information displayed on the website.
With over 12 years of experience in the publishing business, Donna Hillyer is available to do a reader’s report, a structural report, or a full line edit of your manuscript. In addition to that, she offers proofreading and assessment services to publishers, among others. She has experience working at Harlequin UK, Virgin Books, Little, Brown Book Group, and at Piatkus. In order to inquire if your book matches her interests, you should contact her via email or Twitter. She is based in London and began her freelancing business in the year 2015.
8. Clare Law
Clare Law became an independent editor in 2015 and began providing editing services under the name Clare Law Editorial, which is located in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Some book genres that interest her a great deal are speculative fiction, steampunk, fantasy, mystery, and domestic noir. Potential clients should read what she has to say before contacting her by email. This will shine some light as to the process of submitting your manuscript to her. She does copyediting and has worked on formats like novels, short stories, novellas. However, she doesn’t take book-length projects at the moment, so, for now, contact her only if you need to improve your short stories.
Charlie Wilson heads up Landmark Editorial, which is based in Glasgow, UK. Before freelancing, Charlie worked in publishing and corporate communications. Her work as an editor has seen her edit/proofread in excess of 1000 books for authors and publishers across multiple fiction and nonfiction genres. Charlie offers book developmental editing, book copyediting, book critique, book proofreading, and a service unique to Landmark Editorial called book intelligent copyediting, which is a combination of copyediting and developmental editing. If you would like a quote, you can find contact details and information on what details you need to send to Charlie, at this page.
10. Becca Allen
If you’re an author, for services like proofreading, manuscript critique (also known as structural editing), copyediting, and submission letter/synopsis review, you should consider Becca Allen. She is a freelancer who has been providing her services since 2016 and has worked at Hachette Children’s Books. Based in London, Becca’s expertise lies in books pertaining to both children and adults. To discuss the possibility of her taking on your manuscript, you can message her either via her website or Twitter. If you’re not certain about the kind of editing your book requires, take a look at this page designed for authors. Her business is named Becca Allen Editorial.
11. Gale Winskill
Gale Winskill is the founder of Winskill Editorial, her independent editing business that has been in operation since 2008. She resides in Fife, Scotland and specializes in children’s picture books, children’s fiction, adult fiction and nonfiction, academic texts, and in a few others listed here. If you have a multi-author book or even one that is written by a non-native English speaker, you are more than welcome to contact her. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the Society of Editors and Proofreaders and has over 25 years of experience in the field. Structural editing, copyediting/line editing, developmental editing, proofreading, substantive editing and rewriting are some of the services she has to offer. Contact her with the help of the details mentioned on her website.
12. Helen Coyle
Helen Coyle has two New York Times bestselling books to her name as an author and is also a freelancer editor living in London. She has previously worked with authors who have written self-help books, novels and memoirs. Structural editing and manuscript assessment are the areas where she is skilled. If you’d also like to have your book ghost-written, then feel free to reach out to her with your ideas. She has over 9 years of experience in writing and editing. Penguin Life, Hodder & Stoughton, Canongate are just a few big names on her resume. Here’s a fun fact, Helen is fluent in Spanish and is interested in literary translation. If you’re certain that she is the right editor for you, then by all means proceed to contact her.
13. Miranda Harrison
Since 2003, Miranda Harrison has been a publishing consultant and freelance editor specializing in proofreading and copyediting. At Sterling Publishing, Miranda was chosen as proofreader for the illustrated biography of Lady Gaga. She has also worked on some arts and popular culture titles – like Timeless Treasures published by Rutland Hall and Atlas of History’s Greatest Heroes and Villains by Quantum Publishing – as an editor. You should get in touch with her by email to check if she’s interested in the subject matter of your manuscript. She lives in London.
14. Helena Fairfax
Self-employed and working out of Shipley, West Yorkshire, Helena Fairfax is an author, freelance writer and editor. Her independent editing business has been doing the rounds since 2014. And as such, she has had the opportunity to work on several fictional titles. Her editing services are available to those who have written a romance or a commercial women’s fiction manuscript. If you haven’t worked with her before, she recommends signing up for a sample edit, which will cost you £60 for 5000 words and a synopsis of your novel. There on, a developmental edit or manuscript assessment is chargeable at £5 per 1000 words. Whereas, the pricing for a copyedit or line edit will vary depending on the amount of work required on your manuscript, but it starts at £0.01/word. Make sure to reach out to her via this form or LinkedIn if need be.
15. Michelle Dunbar
Calling all authors of science fiction and fantasy! Here’s an editor who is well versed in your book genre. She has a BA Honours in English Literature with Creative Writing from the Open University and has completed a course in copyediting from the Society of Editors and Proofreaders, among others. In addition to developmental editing, she also has a knack for, mentoring, deep line editing and manuscript critique. Her copyediting and proofreading services are normally subcontracted. Her independent business was started in 2015 and she also works as an editor at Word Bohemia. Michelle lives in Glasgow and you can get in touch with her by checking out the contact page on her website. However, she is currently unable to accept new clients, so you’ll have to check her website for any future updates if you want to work with her. In terms of developmental editors, though, she recommends https://www.annaproofing.co.uk/.
16. Sue Kelso Ryan
A graduate of the University of Gloucestershire, Sue Kelso Ryan is a freelance proofreader and copyeditor. She currently resides in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Her LinkedIn page has some testimonials from clients, which you might want to go through. Some fictional genres in which she has experience editing are romance, children’s books and thrillers. Memoirs, self help books and recipe books are a few genres of nonfiction that can be seen in her portfolio. She has been an independent professional since 2010. If you feel that your book will flourish under her guidance, then there are multiple platforms on which you can contact her.
17. Sarah Herman
Sarah Herman is a freelance editor and proofreader based in Norwich, England. It has been more than 9 years since Sarah began providing editing services independently. Not only does she edit fiction and nonfiction books, but Sarah has also authored over 20 books. She possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism from Bournemouth University. She is available to discuss the prospect of editing your manuscript, so send an email with all the necessary information.
18. Bryony Leah
A member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Bryony Leah is a UK-based freelance editor and writer. In terms of genres, she edits romance, YA, new adult, teen, contemporary, and erotic manuscripts. Open to working with self-publishing authors, Bryony can provide proofreading (£0.008/word) for both fiction and non-fiction, copy editing (£0.01/word), developmental editing (£0.015/word), query letter/synopsis editing (£85.00 for both, £45.00 for a cover letter only, £54.00 for a synopsis only), and manuscript critiques (£0.004/word). To learn more about the rates, click here. If you decide to collaborate with her on your project, you can contact Bryony using the information displayed online.
19. Sarah Wray
Seven Stories Press, Avery Hill Publishing and September Publishing are a few of Sarah Wray’s clients. She has been a freelance editor since 2017, after parting ways with TM Forum as Editor of Digital Content. At present, she resides in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and is a Master’s degree holder in Publishing from Kingston University. To get a better understanding of the types of books she is interested in editing, you should contact her and provide your manuscript details.
20. Claire Wingfield
Claire Wingfield is a literary consultant, editor, and mentor who lives in Edinburgh, UK. She began her editing training at a publishing house in Germany, and has, ever since, worked with countless writers from the UK, as well as from Denmark, Greece, France, Austria, and more. Claire is also a member of the Society of Authors. Both self-publishers and writers submitting to agents and publishing companies are welcome to send in their manuscripts. She can provide all types of editing, from developmental editing to final proofreading. Before making a decision, you should read more about her services. To request a quote, feel free to reach her here.
21. Jane Hammett
Independent authors, businesses, publishers and academic authors are more than welcome to contact Jane Hammett, a freelance editor living in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. She has been providing developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading services since 1998. Children’s fiction, thriller, romance, women’s fiction, short stories, autobiography, psychotherapy and self-help are some of the genres she is open to editing. Science fiction is one genre she does not take into consideration. You can contact her by mail or phone to discuss the subject matter of your manuscript, her charges and whether this would be a successful endeavour.
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A 22 year old writer from India, Meera Nair has been blogging for over 5 years. She has a triple major Bachelor’s degree in Media, English and Psychology from Christ University Bangalore. She regularly reviews books for publishers like Bloomsbury, Pan Macmillan, Penguin etc. Reading and writing are two of her utmost passions and she is glad to have the opportunity to share that love with others.